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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    I have a school break from October 29 to November 1... EBS in Berlin? Or elsewhere near-ish?



    "Secret gatherings" definitely makes more sense--I appreciate any language lessons you want to...
  2. Re: Amnesty International goes full twit liberal

    Defining everything stupid as "liberal" is OR's standard tactic. It fits his narrative, if not reality...

    Tom
  3. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    The noun "mammoth" was not coined until 1706. That doesn't mean there were no mammoths before then. But it does mean they weren't mammoths.

    See how silly that is? :)

    Tom
  4. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I wasn't talking about "amending"--I was talking about "changing" the Constitution. Which can happen by formal amendment, or--changing how the Constitution is applied in practice, by legal...
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    Re: Socialism

    But court interpretations certainly have changed the application of the Constitution in practice. That was my point.

    Tom
  6. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Uh...

    Social security.
    Medicare.
    Unemployment.

    These are widely seen as socialist programs employed within the framework of a representative democracy.

    From Investopedia:
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    Re: Finally, it looks like a boat

    That's a beauty!

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    Re: A Neighborhood Regular

    I think that might have been the year before I attended U of A for a semester--everyone was talking about a guy who had been trampled to death by a moose near the library.

    Which did not make me...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Thanks, Rob. I think you're right about altered photos appearing right-side up. I think the only ones that came out sideways were ones I didn't edit at all. So, that's simple enough--and good thing,...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Even on the north side of the river, well away from the tourist-heavy Stare Miasto, there are a few churches scattered around. #10 is the Church of St. Boniface, which is right across the street from...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Church #9 is the Church and Monastery of St. Adalbert--Gothic enough for you?

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    And another one that's not on the map--the Church of St. Stanislaw and St. Dorothy, tucked in at the end of...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Church #7 is the Church of St. Elizabeth, with its distinctively red-and-green checkered roof:

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    Church #8 is the Church of St. Mary Magdalene:

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    You can't see it in the photo...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    OK, brief pause to ask: What's the secret to rotating iphone photos on the WBF? Thanks!

    Tom
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Moving on to the south bank of the Odra River now, towards the Stare Miastro (Old City), there's Church #5 (another cathedral, actually): Greek Catholic, this one. It's the Cathedral of St. Vincent...
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    Just a block past that church is the tiny church of St. Martin (not Martin Luther, I'm guessing... Probably the saint he was named for, though):

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    Church #3 (Church of St. Peter and St....
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    Re: Letters from Wrocław

    OK, time for a little tour of some churches. There are a LOT of them in the city center of Wrocław, almost all Roman Catholic:

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    For starters, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at the...
  17. Re: A number of Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers have been subpoenaed by the FBI.

    Ron Johnson (current Wisconsin senator and Trumper) is also tied up in this Pennsylvania stuff, I think. It'll be interesting to hear how it all resolves. With him out of office and in jail, I hope....
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    Re: Trump Takes The Fifth.

    Not in an hour-long session, that's for sure.

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    Uh... FYI, there are actually four ways to pass a constitutional amendment; I think you have to know that much just to earn a GED. And then there are all those other ways to change it (in practice)...
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    Re: Socialism

    Speaking of which--are you still claiming that in the U.S., the demos is only allowed to vote for its representatives, and nothing else? If so, you might want to check out the recent abortion...
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    Re: Socialism

    I agree with you completely--but since OR apparently doesn't understand the amendment process, I thought it might be worthwhile to point out that amendments are not the only way that the constitution...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Yes, but expansion of grazing also contributes significantly to deforestation in much of the world. It's complicated. People running a good grass-fed beef operation would be among the very last...
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    Re: Happy birthday to James McMullen…

    I'm no expert on sailing on tidal waters, but you may have missed the last of the ebb there, McMullen. Put your back into it!

    (And "Happy Birthday," amigo)

    Tom
  24. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    So, I see that OR continues to stick to his delusionary interpretations of democratic governance, including these rather elementary failures of understanding:

    1. A belief that the U.S....
  25. Thread: TSA Pre Check

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    Re: TSA Pre Check

    I have pre-check and Global Entry, also CLEAR. All those things together add up to shorter lines and no nonsense like taking stuff out of your bag, taking off your belt and shoes, etc. But yes, it's...
  26. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    And... You still seem to be banging on with your incorrect claims about how the U.S. puts limits on what the majority may enact. Before it was "the demos is limited to voting only for its...
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    Re: Socialism

    You appear to be laboring under many misconceptions. Among them, as here, the belief that some degree of socialism cannot be enacted in a liberal democracy.

    But, of course it can. In fact, it...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    I'd be curious to know how corn (maize) stands as far as sustainability in comparison. Vast monocultures that are used to create cheap sugars that go into processed foods ain't good either--not only...
  29. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Other than Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, no "sane, adulting Republicans" appear to exist. Their own party censured them for joining the committee on Jan. 6.

    Tom
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Es ist immer so, mit einige Leute... :)

    Tom
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    That Caledonia Yawl is a very big small boat. Looking good!

    Tom
  32. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You do know I'm asking these questions of OR, right? Because the answers to those questions refute his claims about the fundamental nature of a democratic republic. Which is the point.

    You also...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    Nope. It makes more sense to me to run the downhaul on the same side as the tack.'

    Unless this boat is set up to rig the yard on the starboard side, putting the halyard to port? I've seen lugsails...
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    Re: Rhine River level

    Out of the frying pan, and into the fire, eh? From drought to flood, both extreme. Good luck...

    Tom
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    Re: New York Thirty -

    Um...

    "Herr" = "Mister"

    "Gott" = God

    So, "lord" in the context of "Herreshoff" (lord's court/Hof des Herrn) refers to a man's title, not to God.

    Tom
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    I think you feel too strongly about your views on this to follow the logic. About 69.5% of all pregnancies are the result of consensual sex, without an unintended failure of birth control. That's not...
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    Re: Socialism

    Translation: I was wrong about the defining features of a democratic republic, but I cannot bring myself to admit that I was wrong.

    About what I expected.

    As for your other question, I don't...
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    Re: Socialism

    You really do stick to missing the point, don't you?

    Since the discussion I have been having concerns the fundamental nature of a democratic republic--in principle, not limited to any particular...
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    Re: New York Thirty -

    Nah, go all in: ferrocement!

    Tom
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    Re: Socialism

    I'm not holding my breath. Ironic, because on another thread he just posted about how people have a moral obligation to defend their beliefs.

    But I think you meant, you answered the question that...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Hey, if Baxter can keep a goldfish for food, why can't I keep a dog or cat for sausages? Life is so unfair.

    Tom
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Though to be fair, I think that for at least some Republican legislators, the issue may well be controlling women (though they are probably only subliminally aware of that, as with their racist...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    I'll abstain on that one. An argument could be made that having children who will live a U.S. lifestyle is irresponsible for ecological reasons, and that someone who doesn't have children is...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    That's not the bit I was thinking of...



    But actually, it looks like the context is different from what I had always believed. I always thought Onan's "sin" was masturbation--turns out it was...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Except, they pretty much are morally superior to meat eaters, given the state of the world and the typical methods of meat production...

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    Re: Touching the 3rd Rail?

    I think you mean "Wisconsin Republicans are (as a state) rabid trumpers..." eh? Because I can assure you that many people in Wisconsin are not. It's a closely divided state, not far from 50/50...
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    Re: Socialism

    It's beyond comical that someone who claims to have "an engineer's mind" that "looks at the big picture" gets hung up on a few (non-bolded) words and ignores the larger context of a discussion that...
  48. Thread: NPR Tiny Desk

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    Re: NPR Tiny Desk

    No, he's with Greenday...
  49. Re: There is nothing like a weekend motorcycle ride in California

    Depends--how many hills? :)

    (Well, after living in Wrocław for a week, I'll give you credit for cobblestones, too, if that's what you were riding on)

    Tom
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    Re: Touching the 3rd Rail?

    Oh yeah! I'd be all for that.

    Tom
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